I think I know the answer, but let me ask for the collective wisdom here to speak up. I have a custom rifle on order but have several months before specs have to be finalized. I have been going back and forth on caliber in my mind, but I til I have been debating the wrong two calibers. I want a general purpose gun for deer, elk (hopefully one day), etc. I was going between 280AI and 280. But given that I don't reload and don't expect to take a shot over 400-500 yds, if that, I am thinking a 30-06 may be better. Ammo is everywhere, bullet selection in ammo is huge, and the ability to shoot a 200gr bullet probably helps for the dream elk trip I hope to take. Sure, the 280 shoots flatter and has better BC, but if I don't reload there is a lot less to choose from. What sayeth the hive?